Miguel CZACHOWSKI – flamenco guitar player, architect, musical producer, owner of the CM Records company.
Born in Poland in 1974 in a family of flamenco lovers where he was raised in a flamenco music environment. At the age of 12 he began learning to play the guitar. After an initial classical education, he took master classes from flamenco professional players as Rafael Cortés, Salva del Real and Gerardo Nuñez in Poland and Spain which made him completely dedicated to flamenco. In 1992 he formed a flamenco group gradually extending the numbers of the artists from a duo to septet. His group “Viva Flamenco!” plays contemporary flamenco mixed with traditional together with influences of Indian and Jazz music. Performing solo and also with his band Miguel won first prizes in many Polish folk festivals and is now leading flamenco player in his country. He has performed all over Poland as well as abroad (USA, Canada, Russia, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, England, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, Finland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary, Andorra, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Nigeria, Turkey, Oman, Singapore, Mexico, Colombia and India). For several years he teaches flamenco guitar and publishes articles and interviews propagating flamenco music in magazines as “Flamenco International Magazine”, “Jazz Forum”, “Top Guitar” and “Swiat Gitary”. In 1998 after performing in Italy he was invited to India to teach flamenco guitar at the Academy of Music and Fine Arts in Nagpur. There he started studying Indian music learning to play the sitar under the guidance of Avaneendra Sheolikar. His fascination with flamenco and Indian music inspired him to go back to the roots of the Gypsy music and record the CD Indialucia which is the fusion of both styles: Flamenco and Indian music.
The album was distinguished with the 1st prize “Best Album of the Year 2005” Wirtualne Gesle and 2nd music critics’ prize at the New Tradition competition for the “Folk Phonogram of 2005” award. His second album Acatao released in 2014 got 2nd music critics’ prize at the New Tradition competition for the “Folk Phonogram of 2014” award.
In October 2019 Miguel was honoured with Golden Eropea – European Award for artistic and cultural activities by European Union of Arts.
Miguel performed with such artists like: Pepe Habichuela, Jorge Pardo, Eduardo el Clavijo, Carlos Troya, Ricardo Espinosa, Domingo Patricio, Rafael Cortés, Hani Naser, Mohammad Rasouli, Pratap Pawar, Vishva Moha Bhatt, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mukesh Sharma, Sukhvinder Singh, Emam, Prasad Khaparde, Kavita Krishnamurti, Layatharanga, L. Subramaniam, Ernie Watts, Mike Dowes, Lulo Reindhart, Brian Gore, Andre Krengel, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and many others.